Steve Ferris: Why I Joined Pulley
By Steve Ferris
In September of 2023, the team at Pulley and I announced our partnership to help bring faster permitting to Denver. I’m excited to announce that I’ve officially joined the team at Pulley full-time to lead the Mountain Region efforts. After eight years running The Real Estate Garage in the Denver area, the time was ripe to join up with a technology-powered company sharing my vision. With Pulley, I recognized a long-term opportunity to rethink permitting and entitlements entirely rather than just manage them.
With over three decades of permitting and development experience from both sides of the permit counter, I am eager to build out Pulley’s business in the Mountain Region and impact more projects than I can today.
Before founding The Real Estate Garage, I held leadership roles in Planning & Development Services for the City of Denver, Snowmass Village, Telluride, the Florida Keys, and the Northern Marianas Islands. I also led entitlement work for homebuilders and luxury hotel development in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and California. My extensive background has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities involved in permitting processes. Having worked on various projects, I recognize the intricate web of approvals, comments, and documentation essential to any successful development.
In all of the value I saw in Pulley’s technology, what was equally, if not more important, was that I also saw and continue to see a team and company able to take their product to the next level.
Denver's Permitting Landscape
As a rapidly growing urban center, Denver has experienced a surge in development projects in recent years. In the Denver region, there are 86 municipalities, each with a different process for reviewing and approving permits. These processes are complex, slow, and costly. In 2022, it took an average of more than 300 days to clear the site permitting process in the City of Denver. With the city's commitment to sustainable urban planning, there has been a notable increase in the complexity of the permitting process. Developers, both free market and affordable, will need to work closely with local authorities to balance growth with stringent regulatory requirements.
The permitting landscape in Denver is characterized by a diverse range of projects, from mixed-use commercial developments to residential construction, each requiring meticulous attention to detail. The collaboration between public and private entities is crucial for navigating the regulatory framework effectively. With its focus on standardization, accuracy, and efficiency, Pulley is in the position to play a pivotal role in streamlining the permitting process in Denver and beyond, which I’m confident we will do.
As I transition to Pulley, I am highly motivated to bring this innovative platform to projects throughout the growing Rocky Mountain West. Known for its vibrant real estate scene, Denver presents unique challenges and opportunities in the permitting realm. In Denver, every project requires navigating through 10 to 25 different inter-related approvals, often involving multiple rounds of comments and hundreds of documents. With its intuitive interface and powerful workflows, Pulley allows me to organize these intricate details better and collaborate more effectively with the entire design team. When I first partnered with Pulley, it was clear that the software documented an effective means to facilitate and track the increasingly complex nature of permitting in Denver.
With Pulley, I will be able to leverage not only software but also a strong team of folks working on the same problems to boost both my services and the ability of clients to get permits faster. Especially after my years working in the public sector, one of the aspects I’m most enthusiastic about in joining Pulley is how we have envisioned a future where software can lead to standardization of permitting by developers and local government to boost efficiencies for both parties. I see Pulley’s future as a benefit to developers, retailers, architects, and other project teams, as well as to the government agencies working on permitting, zoning, and entitlements.
After years of managing complex spreadsheets, in just the last few months, Pulley has provided me with a powerful tool to organize permitting details and collaborate seamlessly with the entire project and team. The platform gives me the leverage to deliver an even better customer experience and accelerate project approvals. Pulley's capacity for managing multiple rounds of comments and facilitating collaboration aligns perfectly with the dynamic and evolving nature of the permitting landscape in Denver.
In my journey with Pulley I'm excited to embrace technology and leverage my extensive background in permitting and development to contribute meaningfully to a company reshaping the industry's future. Together with Pulley, I look forward to overcoming the challenges posed by Denver's permitting landscape and delivering successful projects that contribute to the city's growth and development.
Here's to a future of collaboration, innovation, and success with Pulley!